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A damaged building is seen in Idlib, Syria, on May 25, 2019. (Reuters/Khalil Ashawi)

Journalists covering clashes in Syria 'deliberately targeted and attacked'

May 31, 2019 12:00 AM ET

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Since May 22, at least three journalists have been injured in attacks by suspected pro-government forces in two separate incidents in northwestern Syria. Following one of those incidents, Alex Crawford, a reporter for U.K. broadcaster Sky News who was reporting in Idlib, wrote that the news crew was "clearly identified as journalists" and was "deliberately targeted and attacked by Syrian regime forces."

Pakistani reporter Gohar Wazir was detained on Tuesday in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after covering the previous day's demonstrations by the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement, a mass movement promoting the rights of the Pashtun people. Wazir was released from detention on Thursday.

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